Can someone help me on this Hamlet question during Act 1? In Act 1 Scene 4 Lines 1 - 38 Hamlet and Horatio discuss the ghost. Why does Hamlet wish the custom of wassail (‘be healthy’ in Old English) were not observed and what does this reveal about him?
The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse,
Keeps wassail and the swagg'ring up-springs reels...
“Wassail” implies a lot more than good health. One of the definitions in my collegiate dictionary is “A festivity characterized by much drinking.” This is what Hamlet objects to. King Claudius is a heavy drinker throughout the play. He is...
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